US President Donald Trump is holding a pre-election rally at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wisconsin, October 30, 2020.
Carlos Baria Reuters
President Donald Trump’s campaign on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in Wisconsin to invalidate the victory of President-elect Joe Biden in the state, claiming in a press release that voter fraud “irrefutably changed the outcome.”
The lawsuit asks the Wisconsin Supreme Court to annul and revoke Gov. Tony Evers’ election certificate. He also wants the court to order Evers and the state election commission to exclude parts of absent ballots that the campaign said were “illegal.”
The plaintiffs, who include the campaign, the president himself and vice president Mike Pence, are asking the court to block the certification of the presidential election until these ballots are cut from the final number of votes.
The lawsuit is the latest attempt by Trump’s campaign to reverse Biden’s predicted victory in Electoral College.
The campaign lost or withdrew lawsuits in other states on the battlefield that tried to invalidate Biden’s ballots.
The new lawsuit was filed in the Supreme Court of Wisconsin and comes a day after the chairman of the state election commission Anne Jacobs signed the so-called determination of victory for Biden.
This definition came after a count of ballots in Dane and Milwaukee counties failed to lead to a net gain in votes for Trump. These partial counts cost Trump’s campaign $ 3 million.
Biden, who won the state with more than 20,000 votes, will receive 10 votes at Wisconsin Electoral College. Trump won the state in 2016.
Biden is expected to win 306 votes at the Electoral College when the body meets on December 14th.
In a press release, Trump’s campaign claimed that the “illegal actions” described in the court declaration affected “approximately 221,000 ballots” in Wisconsin.
Trump claims to have won the race and refuses to give in to Biden. The president, his surrogates and the legal team of his campaign, led by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, have loudly spread many unproven conspiracies for fraud to support their claim that the election was illegal.
But in a series of lawsuits, the campaign has not claimed that voter fraud or election was committed. Rather, litigation focuses on disputes over state election rules, such as the distance from which volunteers can observe the counting of ballots, and whether errors on ballot envelopes should be disqualifying.
Despite the press release of Trump’s campaign, the latest case in Wisconsin also does not explicitly allege fraud. Instead, it is alleged that “there was a pattern of wrongdoing that affected the election.”
The application offers four examples of alleged “wrong” actions. For example, it states that more than 170,000 absentee ballots were “incorrectly counted” because they were issued to voters who did not submit a first written application.
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